Less amazonian deforestation

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Progress is being made on reducing deforestation in the Amazonian rainforest. This is being done through satellite monitoring of ranches and the enforcement of laws and regulations. In fact, deforestation in 2008 was at its lowest level since monitoring began in 1988 – promising news. The reality is that the enforcement of laws drives behaviour and to have a real impact the government must be tough. Article in the New York Times here. Money quote from Robert Cleary, author of a report on deforestation,

“Many of the more forward-looking farmers are already looking to protect themselves against worries that their products could be tainted by deforestation,” Mr. Cleary said. “For soy farmers, it is cheaper now to be in compliance than to take the risk of being on the wrong side of the law.”